DETROIT (AP) -- Tigers reliever Todd Jones is retiring, he announced in his own column in the Sporting News.
"So this is it," he wrote in the latest issue of the magazine. "If you're a Tigers fan, I'll never stress you out again. If you're not a Tigers fan, you'll never have me as your ace in the hole, convinced I'll blow a lead against your team."
The 40-year-old Jones went on the disabled list in late July with an injured right shoulder. He was activated for one game in mid-August, gave up five unearned runs, and went back on the DL.
Jones has 319 career saves with Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, Colorado, Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Florida. His 235 saves for Detroit are a team record.
Several years ago, Jones began writing a column about his days in baseball. He plans to keep writing for the Sporting News.
"I have tried to give fans a look at what it's like from a guy who's passing through the game," he said.